[ kom-uh-nij ]
/ ˈkɒm ə nɪdʒ /


the joint use of anything, especially a pasture.
the state of being held in common.
something that is so held, as land.

Origin of commonage

First recorded in 1600–10; common + -age Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for commonage

  • In 1663 this house was called the Goat, and enjoyed the right of commonage for two cows and one heifer upon Chelsea Heath.

  • The Abbot of Gloucester had ninety acres of land in Walmore, at eight pence an acre rent, for cultivation, but not for commonage.

    The Forest of Dean|H. G. Nicholls

British Dictionary definitions for commonage

/ (ˈkɒmənɪdʒ) /


mainly law
  1. the use of something, esp a pasture, in common with others
  2. the right to such use
the state of being held in common
something held in common, such as land
another word for commonalty (def. 1)
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